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Member Since 2008

  • 6 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 264 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

    Aser says: "You Can't Get There From Here"
    "Probably not worth it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The story could have easily been told in 6 hours, but was instead drawn out into 27 long hours. The way the story was told would be similar to sitting down and telling somebody every last detail of everything you did today, including how you had to look for your car keys in your bag, how many voice mails you had (with a review in detail of each, one by one), who you passed on hall on the way to your office, which stairs you took to go visit a colleague, etc., etc., then telling them what you do at the end of the day tomorrow, when about 80% of it is the same as what you did today. Repeat for 27 hours. Yes, I get that this method of storytelling is a relevant metaphor, but it does not merit taking so many hours upon hours to relay this.
    The story itself, while being an interesting topic, lacked a solid punch at the end. The big discovery the protagonist makes seems rather obvious and uncreative. The ending was a little too sugar-sweet and happy. Definitely not one of the more interesting reads I've had here. It sure beat "14" at least, but that's not saying much!
    I will say that the narrator was excellent.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was banking on the fact that this was being advertised as a popular item on Audible, but was sadly disappointed. The character development was was shallow and the storyline boring. It was not until the very end that some interesting things finally started to happen, and it suddenly went from painfully mundane to ridiculously far-fetched.
    Ironically, the reader (whom I love) also read Tim Ferris' Four-Hour Workweek, and I kept thinking back to one line where he talks about NOT wasting your time reading a crappy book just so you can feel a sense of accomplishment in having completed it. I should have taken his advice on this one.
    I do think it might be suitable as an adolescent "my first sci-fi" book kind of novel (though I think there was a fair amount of profanity and some sexual content). But it lacks sufficient intellectual flavor for the average adult to sink his or her teeth into.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Engines of God

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Conceptually intriguing, but uneven writing style"
    What did you like best about The Engines of God? What did you like least?

    The premise/mystery about the monument makers was the most intriguing part. I was hoping he was going to play off that more, but instead the focus of the story just became the cheap thrill of whether or not they would make it off the planet in time. I'd expect something that mundane to be maybe a climactic end to a chapter, but not the main focus of the book.
    The narratation was terribly annoying. He has a nice voice, but feels the need to draw out every final vowel in each sentence to sound dramatic. Yikes. Make sure you listen to the sample to be sure you can put up with this before buying it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Christian Noble, David Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there.

    Kevin says: "Great Stuff!"
    "Read like a children's book"

    Interesting premise, but the plot and dialog were so simple that if it weren't for all the sexual allusions, I would have thought that the book was written for middle school kids. The plot seemed to follow a very cookie-cutter-style flow, and the conclusion wrapped up as happy-ever-after as a Brady Bunch episode. Too sexual for kids, too uninteresting for adults.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Awesome hard science"

    This book combines excellent character development, a fantastic premise, an interesting story and excellent hard modern science for an amazing read. I downloaded it just three days ago and have already listened to it twice. I also loved that there are a few open ideas/questions as the end for the reader to ponder, instead presenting an answer to every last question/unknown presented in the story. I also found the narrator to be easy to listen to, with an unaffected voice that also distinguished well among different characters. I've been waiting to hear some good SciFi about the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and this certainly fulfills my expectations with a work that is fun and exciting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By John Lee

    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

    Kennet says: "I expected better from these two"
    "Excellent series, though narrator not so good"

    The premise is excellent, as would be expected from Clarke. The fact that unlike Clarke's classics, this was written in much more rencent times, he includes a slew of current scientific ideas that will tickle the imaginations of hard sci-fi fans. I was disappointed, however, by the reader. He does not seem capable of varying his voice enough to create separate voices for each character. He instead tries to rely upon his poor foreign accents, assigning a horrendously stereotypical regional or foreign accent to each character. Some of them are so aweful (like his hideous attempts at US regional accents) that it really detracted from the wonderful writing of the book. I guess I've been spoiled by Lloyd James (amazingly talented narrator of a number of superb Heinlein books available here -- check them out!!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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